(n.): Though Persian literature dating to 900 AD shows that the term originally referred to a nonalcoholic medicinal tonic, by the late 1700s “julep” had a decidedly more recreational connotation in the United States—referring to the eponymous frosty cocktail.  The recipe consists of a mix of spirits, sugar and mint served over crushed ice and often garnished with fruit. The most recognizable form of the julep is the bourbon-based Mint Julep, which has been a Southern staple since the early 1800s.